COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Three children were injured, including two with gunshot wounds who are in critical condition, and two adults were hurt in a shooting and vehicle crash in Italian Village on Monday afternoon.
Columbus Police said two suspects are in custody and officers have recovered a firearm, although they are unsure if the firearm was used in the shooting. The incident occurred on the unit block of East Russell Street.
Nyquan R. Hall, 23, of Columbus, has been arrested and faces felonious assault charges in connection with the shooting.
Police said the suspect was shooting at a car with children inside of it. Police said they found approximately 25 bullet holes in the windshield of the victim’s SUV.
“We’re talking over 20 rounds we found at the scene of gunshots,” said Columbus Police Sgt. James Fuqua.
According to Fuqua, a two-year-old was shot in the lower leg; a four-year-old was shot in the upper body; and a five-year-old was injured in the crash.
The two critically injured children were taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The third child was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed at the time of the shooting and also taken to a hospital. Investigators at the scene said all three are in stable condition.
One adult female was struck by the vehicle and taken to a hospital. And one adult male was treated on scene after being grazed by a bullet and released.
Alexandria Field lives a few feet from where the car crashed.
“I just felt really sad and worried for the kids because nobody’s children deserves to be hurt like that and they were so scared for their lives, and it was really crazy,” she said.
Hall is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.
Fuqua said everyone injured is expected to recover, but what happened is something that cannot be ignored.
“I mean, it’s devastating, it’s heartbreaking, right,” Fuqua said from the scene. “Thankfully, this will have a positive conclusion where everyone is expected to survive, so that’s a good thing, but unfortunately, that still sheds a negative light on the continued gun violence that is happening in our city.”
Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin issued the following statement Monday night:
“If you shoot up a car full of little kids, then you’re going to get locked up or end up dead in the streets. Violence only leads to more violence. Families are being torn apart because of this ****. For the love of God, put the guns down.”Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin
The relationship between the shooter and the victims is unknown.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Columbus Police at 614-645-